Washington State Magazine

Fall 2004

Fall 2004

In This Issue...


A Little Bronze—Strategically Placed :: Although it might be better known for wine and wheat, Walla Walla is also home to one of the most prominent fine-art foundries. For a short time this fall, 32 sculptures cast at the Walla Walla Foundry will reside at 13 locations across the Pullman campus.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: A little bronze—Strategically placed Photos by George Bedirian. }

Tracking Trucks :: One heavily-loaded eighteen-wheeler can cause the same highway damage as 7,000 cars. Ken Casavant and other transportation economists are trying to make sense of the effects of trucks on the state's highways.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Truck Drivin' Man Photos by Rajah Bose of the romance of trucking. }

No Hollow Promise :: Half of all new public-school teachers quit within five years, and the best and brightest are often the first to go. Worse, the attrition rate at high-needs schools is even greater. The CO-TEACH program at WSU decided to change this situation.

An Exquisite Scar :: The beauty of the channeled scablands comes from unimaginable catastrophe.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Images of Washington's Channeled Scabland Photos by Robert Hubner. }

Carlton Lewis—Still Building Bridges :: The early 1970s were tumultuous years on the WSU campus. As student body president, Carlton Lewis helped keep things from boiling over. Now he presides over Devcorp Consulting Corporation, a project management company with teeth.



:: SEASONS/SPORTS:Big little man Bill Tomaras


Cover: Edison Elementary teacher Jacqui Fisher '00 with students Dillon Skedd, Alejandrina Carreño, Jorge Herrera, Kylee Martinez. Photograph by Laurence Chen.

Tom Otterness 
<em>Makin' Hay</em>, 2002
Fabricated steel and hay
Various sizes depending on site


Tom Otterness Makin' Hay, 2002 Fabricated steel and hay Various sizes depending on site D. James Dee

Marilyn Lysohir '79
<em>The Tattooed Lady and Dinosaur Series</em>, 2000
Cast bronze
107 x 59 3/4 x 43 inches


Marilyn Lysohir '79 The Tattooed Lady and Dinosaur Series, 2000 Cast bronze 107 x 59 3/4 x 43 inches George Robinson, Courtesy of Walla Walla Foundry

Brad Rude
<em>A World Beyond</em>, 2000
Cast bronze
144 x 120 x 50 inches


Brad Rude A World Beyond, 2000 Cast bronze 144 x 120 x 50 inches George Robinson, Courtesy of Walla Walla Foundry

Deborah Butterfield
<em>Walla Walla</em>, 1995
Cast bronze
93 x 122 x 36 inches


Deborah Butterfield Walla Walla, 1995 Cast bronze 93 x 122 x 36 inches George Robinson, Courtesy of Walla Walla Foundry

Jim Dine
<em>Cleveland Venus</em>, 2003
Cast bronze
37 feet high


Jim Dine Cleveland Venus, 2003 Cast bronze 37 feet high Courtesy of Mark and Parry Anderson, Walla Walla Foundry

A Little Bronze—Strategically Placed

by | © Washington State University

The Pullman campus was transformed for a couple of months during the fall of 2004, parts of it dramatically, with bronze representational sculpture, which, though drawn from various artists and locations around the country, was all cast at the Walla Walla Foundry.

Founded in 1980 by Mark Anderson, the Walla Walla Foundry is one of the most prominent fine-art bronze casting facilities in the country. Artists such as Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, John Buck, Marilyn Lysohir, and Terry Allen, all of whom were represented in the campus transformation, have their work cast at the foundry.

Dine's Technicolor Heart was placed on Stadium Way across from the French Administration Building. His Column with Axe stood on Terrell Mall between Wilson Hall and the Compton Union Building. And his Venuses, variations of which are based on the ancient Venus de Milo, resided at the end of Terrell Mall. One of Butterfield's starkly dramatic Horses stood along Stadium Way near Bustad Hall. Lysohir's Tattooed Lady stood next to Wilson Hall. Rude's A World Beyond sat in front of Bustad. Allen's whimsical Book sat in front of Holland Library, of course. John Buck's Red Horse Capture occupied the Todd Hall plaza opposite Holland. Most dramatically, Tom Otterness's three giant hay bale figures (Makin' Hay) oversaw campus from Observatory Hill. In all, 31 sculptures resided on 13 different sites across campus.

The outdoor exhibition coincided with a show of Dine's work in the WSU Museum of Art. Dine is one of the leading figures in contemporary art. He lives in New York, Paris, and Walla Walla.

Soon after Chris Bruce, the new Museum of Art director, arrived, curator Keith Wells suggested the idea of an exhibit focusing on the foundry. Bruce grabbed the idea and ran with it. Bruce, who came to WSU last year from Seattle's Experience Music Project, and before that from the Henry Art Gallery, has proved himself incapable of thinking small. He has also produced a book about the work of the foundry.

The sculptures graced the campus through October 2004. Through a combination of private donations and purchase by the Washington State Arts Commission, three of the works have remained on campus permanently. These include Dines's Technicolor Heart, Rude's A World Beyond, and Buck's Red Horse Capture.

Categories: Fine Arts, Campus life | Tags: Sculpture

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